Theo – 7 Months

Geez, Theo is growing up exponentially faster than Caden did.  Really.  It is blowing by.  I can’t even keep up.  Caden keeps me a little busy too.  ;)

7 months {March 10-April 10}

Theo’s Seven Month Stats
Weight: ?
Length: ?
Head: ?

Theo’s Six Month Stats
Weight: 15lbs 6oz {12%}
Length: 27″ {68%}
Head: 43.5cm {56%}

Theo’s Five Month Stats
Weight: 14lbs 9oz (I guessed on this, he had a sick appt 9 days after turning 5mos and was 14lbs 12oz)
Length: ?
Head: ?

Theo’s Four Month Stats
Weight:  13lbs 14oz (21%) {Either he lost weight or my scale at home is horribly off}
Length:  25.25″ (62%)
Head:  41 cm (43%)

Theo’s Three Month Stats
Weight:  14lbs (weighed at home)
Length:  24.5″ (measured at home)
Head:  43 cm (measured at home)

Theo’s Two Month Stats
Weight: 11lbs 12oz (49%)
Length: 23″ (64%) (This could be incorrect, the DR’s office has 23″ recorded for his 1 and 2 month appointments and I know he grew between the two.)
Head: 39.25 cm (65%)

Theo’s One Month Stats
Weight: 10 lbs 10 oz
Length: 23″
Head: 37 cm

Theo’s birth stats are:
Weight: 7 lbs 1 oz
Length: 21″
Head: 34.5 cm

You can compare Caden’s seven month stats here.

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Sleeping:  naps- On April 7 we tried switching to 2 naps a day since napping was so bad.  Each nap was such a struggle and we were lucky to get 30 minutes.  It took a few weeks but it is SO much better now!  Sleeping at night is great.  Still sleeping from about 7:30PM-6AM.  Below are more detailed notes of how his first two days of 2-a-day naps went.

day 1:
-put him down night before at asleep at 7:08pm til 5:22am {10hr 14min}
-fed him and put back down, asleep at 6:04am til 8:06am {2hr 2min}
-1st nap at 10:15AM til 11:19am {1hr 4 min}
-2nd nap at 2:22pm til 2:53pm {31 min}, CRIED until 5:08pm, asleep at 5:03pm til 5:08pm {5 minutes}, asleep at 5:10pm til 5:31pm {21 minutes}
-7:23 asleep for night

day 2:
-put him down night before at 7:23pm (sleep) til 5:04AM (on april 8)
-fed him and put back down, asleep at 5:47 til 7:27am, up for day
-first nap at 9:45AM, slept 36 min (woke at 10:21), cried for 6 mins, asleep at 10:27 -11:49 (1 hr 22mins)
-2nd nap, asleep at 2:12 – 2:51 {39 min} (cried for 4 mins), asleep at 2:55-3:46 {51 min}
-asleep at 7:22pm

Nursing:  He nurses about every 3 hours.  I usually nurse him right when he wakes up from a nap and right before he goes down so he’ll sleep longer.

Foods:  (In order of introduction) Bone broth (not a big fan but he’ll drink a bit more if there is breast milk mixed with it) and egg yolk (looooves it!)

Likes: mommy mommy mommy and ONLY mommy (apparently Caden had the same issue at this time so there IS hope!), laughing at his brother, baths, scratching his fingers on the back of the couch while I’m nursing him.

Dislikes: when I leave him alone to do anything or if anyone else takes him, really isn’t taking to food at all like Caden did (might have a picky eater on our hands),

Nicknames: Seo

Teeth:  bottom left central incisor

THEO BABY-TEETH-TRACKER

Seo with KK

Seo with KK

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I got this ball at the thrift store and it is such a good motivator for him to sit up. It rolls around on its own and plays music so it’s a constant distraction.

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March 16 – Started sitting up. I still have to sit behind him or put my leg or pillow behind him because he does fall back.

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March 19- Rolling over from back to tummy for the first time!

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Brotherly love.

You gotta learn defense early on.

You gotta learn defense early on.

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sweet kisses

sweet kisses

March 21- First trip to zoo for daddy's birthday.

March 21- First trip to zoo for daddy’s birthday.

March 22- First time tummy sleeping.

March 22- First time tummy sleeping.

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Them lashes tho.

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Never too early to learn.

Elephant selfie arm

Elephant selfie arm.

First taste of "food"! Bone broth!

First taste of “food”! Bone broth!

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Easter pics!

Easter pics!

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April 1- FIRST “FOODS” bone broth, tried on spoon- too liquidy and he knocked bowl over bc he was flailing (excited) so we put in a bottle. He only drank about .5 oz. Next day or so I added about .25oz breast milk to ~1 oz broth and he liked it much better.

seriously this boy

seriously this boy

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ON TIME to church on Easter Sunday... WINNING!

ON TIME to church on Easter Sunday… WINNING!

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This makes my heart so happy and full.

This makes my heart so happy and full.

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CMa and DPa

CMa and DPa

I'm sort of  realizing that I have a million selfie pics of Theo 1. because he LOVES them and 2. well he's always attached to my hip so...

I’m sort of realizing that I have a million selfie pics with Theo 1. because he LOVES them and 2. well he’s always attached to my hip so…

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April 6- First time in a swing outside.

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Eating egg yolk!

April 7- First taste of egg yolk (cooked sunny side up), cut slit in top and spooned out yolk. He loved it!

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Theo – 6 Months

6 months {February 10-March 10}

Smiliest baby in the world… seriously.  The ONLY time he’s not smiling is when I lay him down for a nap or when I turn my back on him (serious attachment issues right now).  But!  If I’m holding him he will willingly give a ginormous smile to anyone who is looking at him.

We were ALL sick the WHOLE month.  Seriously 4+ weeks of sickness.  I’m not even sure if we left the house in those 4 weeks.  I haven’t been that sick for that long in a loooong time.

Theo’s Six Month Stats
Weight: 15lbs 6oz {12%}
Length: 27″ {68%}
Head: 43.5cm {56%}

Theo’s Five Month Stats
Weight: 14lbs 9oz (I guessed on this, he had a sick appt 9 days after turning 5mos and was 14lbs 12oz)
Length: ?
Head: ?

Theo’s Four Month Stats
Weight:  13lbs 14oz (21%) {Either he lost weight or my scale at home is horribly off}
Length:  25.25″ (62%)
Head:  41 cm (43%)

Theo’s Three Month Stats
Weight:  14lbs (weighed at home)
Length:  24.5″ (measured at home)
Head:  43 cm (measured at home)

Theo’s Two Month Stats
Weight: 11lbs 12oz (49%)
Length: 23″ (64%) (This could be incorrect, the DR’s office has 23″ recorded for his 1 and 2 month appointments and I know he grew between the two.)
Head: 39.25 cm (65%)

Theo’s One Month Stats
Weight: 10 lbs 10 oz
Length: 23″
Head: 37 cm

Theo’s birth stats are:
Weight: 7 lbs 1 oz
Length: 21″
Head: 34.5 cm

You can compare Caden’s six month stats here.

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Sleep:  Still doing 3 naps a day and it is not going too well.  I put him down after being awake for 1.5-2 hours and he’ll usually fall asleep after a few minutes of crying but he wakes up almost every time after 30 minutes and does not go back to sleep.

Eating: We set up the highchair for him and he loves sitting there playing with his toys.  We got the Graco Blossom (Amaaazzingg highchair- I absolutely recommend it!  Watch a video on all of the different ways you can use it.)  I might start offering him a spoon or maybe even spooning breast milk into his mouth to get him used to it.  He is still nursing every 3 hours.  I can’t seem to get ANY milk to come out when I pump.  So I’m kind of attached to Theo…  I have a 3 hour leash.  So different than with Caden.  I have no clue what I’m going to do about his feeding situation.

Likes: Sucking on his toes all of the time.  Being attached to mommy 24-7.  Big brother.  Daddy.  Toby.

Dislikes: He does not like being apart from me, even if we’re one foot apart.  No matter who is holding him, if he sees or hears me, he will start crying uncontrollably but if I go pick him up, he stops right away and is fine.  It’s equally funny and annoying, haha.  Napping longer than 30 minutes during the day.

Getting our money's worth out of this bad boy.

Getting our money’s worth out of this bad boy.

What Theo and I do during CBS... walk the halls until he falls asleep.  He is SO LOUD that I can't stay in our bible study class or the main meeting... fun times.

What Theo and I do during CBS… walk the halls until he falls asleep. He is SO LOUD that I can’t stay in our bible study class or the main meeting… fun times.

DPa and CMa came over to watch the boys so we could go out for Valentines day.  They made the red canvas on the left with the boys.  C & T made the ones CMa is holding for them.

DPa and CMa came over to watch the boys so we could go out for Valentines day. They made the red canvas on the left with the boys. C & T made the ones CMa is holding for them.

Feb 14- Caden got sick with a cold and gave it to Theo a few days later.

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When the sickness started... on Valentines day.  Neither boy napped all day.

When the sickness started… on Valentines day. Neither boy napped all day.

My valentines <3

My valentines <3

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I have a little mer-baby!

I have a little mer-baby!

Feb 19 –  Got sick with bad cold/virus.  Had to have him nap in swing during day and elevate his mattress again so he could breathe (barely).  So much snot, watery eyes, didn’t nurse as much, fever of 100.4, 14 lbs 12.5 oz  (I think the sickness showed up for me on the same day as Theo).

Brother talk.

Brother talk.

Sick baby cried himself to sleep.

Sick baby cried himself to sleep.

Feb 23 – I took Theo to our pediatrician where he got a nebulizer treatment because I heard a rattling in his chest.  The treatment didn’t help his breathing which apparently means he doens’t have asthma but he did test positive for RSV.  No medicine for RSV… just had to ride it out.  He weighed in at 15 lbs.

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Theo had a nebulizer treatment at the doctors office because there was a rattling in his chest. The nebulizer didn’t help which means it wasn’t asthma but he tested positive for RSV. :(

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My beautiful boy.

My beautiful boy.

We took Theo in the bathroom and turned the shower on to make it really steamy and then took him outside in the cold to help him breathe better.

We took Theo in the bathroom and turned the shower on to make it really steamy and then took him outside in the cold to help him breathe better.

When you only poop 1.5 - 2 weeks I guess  this is to be expected.

When you only poop 1.5 – 2 weeks I guess this is to be expected.

After nursing sesh selfie time!

After nursing sesh selfie time!

Our little snow family!

Our little snow family!

Baby in a bowl.

Baby in a bowl.

brother battle to the 4th power.

brother battle to the 4th power.

Boys with CMa and GMa.

Boys with CMa and GMa.

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I know this picture is absolutely awful of me but I could NOT stop laughing because Theo was laughing and looked so funny!

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Mar 3- noticed he’s definitely becoming much more clingy to me.  If I leave his eyesight and he is in someone elses care, he will def cry.  I think we’re going to have even worse separation anxiety with him than we did with Caden.

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Saturday morning forts.

Watching some videos of themselves.  Haha.

Watching some videos of themselves. Haha.

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Hi, my name is Theo and these are my chins.

Hi, my name is Theo and these are my chins.

 

 

 

 

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The Cleaning Box

Say WHAT?  A non-kid related post!?!  You’re shocked, I’m sure.  I recently posted a pic to IG and a few people were interested in my cleaning box so here are the deets.  It sounds like more fun than what I SHOULD be doing so count me in.  Maybe I should make a card for writing this post?  ;)

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A quick overview of the cleaning box.  It is a box of cleaning cards separated by monthly and daily tabs.  Each cleaning task has its own card with a description at the top with how often it should be done and is filed accordingly.

You will need: a container (that will hold 3×5 cards), 3×5 cards, daily 3×5 cards with tabs, monthly 3×5 cards with tabs, mini calendar to put at the top of your box, a pen, scotch tape, post-it notes and a stapler.

I started by making a list of every SINGLE thing that needed to be done cleaning-wise and some non-cleaning items that needed to be done on certain days (ex. Theo’s weekly pics got a card).  Here is a list of everything I have a card for and I’ll put behind it how often I thought it should be done.  It’s A LOT of stuff but it’s pretty much everything that needs to be done cleaning-wise or general maintenance.  And once you do it and keep up with it, it takes a lot less time.  This box makes me so much more motivated to put things away immediately so I don’t have to deal with it later.  And it’s the only way I can not get uber overwhelmed with the never ending list of cleaning to dos.  Feel free to copy and paste my list.  :)

DOWNSTAIRS
-Downstairs- swiffer family room, kitchen, craft room, dining room, hallway, bathroom floors (weekly- Friday)
-Outside- Sweep porch & back deck (weekly)
-Outside- Hose down/clean porch & back deck and furniture (monthly during spring/summer)
-Outside- clean gutters (annually)
-Kitchen- take out trash/recycling (every other day)
-Kitchen- wipe counter (daily)
-Kitchen- Run dishwasher (daily)
-Kitchen- leave sink empty and clean, wipe excess water/gunk/etc. (daily)
-Kitchen- Move refrigerator, washer, dryer to vacuum (annually)
-Kitchen- Clean inside of oven (every other month)
-Kitchen- take recycling out and down to curb (every other monday)
-Kitchen- collect trash from all trashcans and take outside/down to curb (weekly- tuesday)
-Kitchen- organize cabinets (monthly)
-Kitchen- wipe down inside of cabinets and drawers (yearly)
-Kitchen- clean inside of microwave (every other week)
-Kitchen- clean fronts of appliances (every other week)
-Kitchen- scrub kitchen cabinet doors (monthly)
-Kitchen- clean out kitchen junk drawer (monthly)
-Kitchen- clean top of kitchen cabinets (annually)
-Clean out inside and top of fridge (monthly)
-Bathrooms (upstairs and down)- wash out trash cans (every 6 months) *I use liners now so I don’t really need to do this at all)
-Scrub downstairs bathroom and kitchen floor (monthly)
-Clean out bathroom cabinets- organize and wipe down (every other month)
-General- pick up/put things away (daily)
-Wash dog bowl (every other week)
-Wash laundry (every other day)
-Polish furniture- upstairs and downstairs (weekly) *I always put this card the day after I dust
-Downstairs- vacuum all rooms (weekly) *I have a Neato that I run almost every day so I might not get out my Dyson and do a deep clean vacuum weekly… we’ll see, this list was made pre-kid and I am adapting it accordingly.  ;)
-Organize front hall closet and cleaning closet (monthly)
-Change air filters (monthly)
-Clean out kitchen and craft room junk drawers (monthly)
-Wash windows, including sill between screen and glass (every 6 months)
-Clean light switches -fantastik (monthly)
-Dust blinds (monthly)
-Dining Room- organize white cabinets and coffee bar (monthly)
-Craft Room- organize craft desk drawers/cabinets and game chest
-Clean lamp shades (every other month)
-Polish railing (quarterly)
-Clean under cushions (quarterly)
-Clean inside of fireplace (quarterly)
-Clean doors and door knobs (every 6 months)

UPSTAIRS
-take Theo’s weekly picture (weekly- Wednesday)
-take Theo’s monthly picture (monthly- 10th)
-Master Bedroom- make bed (daily)
-Upstairs- vacuum all carpet (weekly)
-Upstairs- dust all baseboards, furniture, along ceiling, top of doorways, bed in master, vacuum stairs (every other week)
-Clean mirrors in bathrooms/bedrooms (every other week)
-Scrub tub/showers (every other week)
-Organize linen closet (monthly)
-Clean computer screen/keyboard/ipad/phone screen (monthly)
-Wash mattress pads (monthly)
-Wash duvet cover (monthly)
-Wash rugs/towels/sheets (weekly)
-Organize bedroom closets upstairs (monthly)
-Clean fans, light fixtures, vents, crown moldings (monthly)
-Clean out/organize attic (annually)
-Shampoo carpets (every 6 months)
-Purge clothes (every 6 months)

After making my list, I wrote every item on its own 3×5 card.  I used post-it notes to write the following categories so that I could see where each card should go:

-daily
-every other day
-weekly
-every other week
-monthly
-every other month
-every 6 months
-annually

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I spread out the post-its on the floor.  I took each 3×5 card and decided how often it needed to be done and placed it in the appropriate column.  For example, general pick-up:  daily; running the dishwasher: every other day (at the time I made these it was every other day, now it’s pretty much daily…. need to change that); vacuuming the family room- weekly; pulling out the washer and dryer to vacuum behind: every 6 months; cleaning out the gutters: every 6 months…

After every card was in the appropriate column, I wrote on the top each card how often it should be done.  Go ahead and keep your cards in separate columns because that will make filing easier.

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Then I needed to assign them to a certain day of the month.  And since I am a STRONG VISUAL learner, post-it notes helped me out again.  You don’t have to do this but I wanted to make sure everything was distributed evenly, so I wasn’t doing hours of work one day and the next have 30 minutes of cleaning to do.  I made a giant calendar on my floor with the post-its.  I made 31 post-its and numbered each card 1 through 31.  I also made a post-it for each day of the week.  So go ahead and make a huge calendar on your floor, let’s just start with April because the start of the month is soon.  Once you get your big ole calendar on the floor take your stack of daily cards and put them on April 1.  You can take your every other day stack and divide it (if you want).  You can do half on April 1st and the other half on April 2nd.  Now for the weekly tasks, you can put those on any of the day spots, monday through friday.  Same with the every other week and monthly cards.  Keep in mind when you’re assigning the cards a certain day, try to keep like tasks together (rather than completing one room at a time).  For example, (if you do these tasks at the same frequency) I’d want to wash the kitchen floor and the bathroom floors at the same time.  I’d also want to vacuum those floors that day or the day before.  So you’re going to have to do a little bit of juggling.  For any task that takes place every other month, every 6 months or annually- I place those cards behind a respective month tab in your box.

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Regarding how the box works, once you’ve completed a task/card, move it to when it should be done next.  So whatever daily cards you complete on April 1st get moved to April 2nd.

As you can see above, I printed this calendar, cut out each month and stapled them together at the top.  I attached it with tape to the top of the lid of the box.  When you go to the next month, just rip off the completed month and throw it away. The calendar is really nice for when you complete a task and you need to see where it should go next.

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I think that about covers it.  Although I’m sure I left out something major but hopefully it’s kind of self explanatory once you get the gist.  Feel free to ask questions.  Or let me know if you do something different!

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